What we do

The project intends to look at membership as a relationship between supply and demand, the members and the party organization, in a dynamic perspective. We focus on two main questions: (1) Under which conditions and how do parties recruit and retain members, and (2) What’s happening inside parties once members have joined, and we link them to the general debate on party membership decline.

In answering these questions, our ambition is to contribute to the field on three aspects:
(1) To conduct the most ambitious data collection on party membership so far,
(2) To propose high-standard methodological tools in order to go beyond a static picture of party membership, and
(3) To renew our pool of theoretical models, moving away from traditional models of political participation.

More details about the project can be found in the paper, which was presented at the 2014 IPSA World Congress.

Who is involved?

  • Project Director
    Emilie van Haute, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Cevipol
  • Project Management & Administration
    Caroline Close, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Cevipol
    Emilien Paulis, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Cevipol
  • Advisory Board 
    Susan Scarrow, University of Houston
    Steven Weldon, Simon Fraser University
    Paul Whiteley, Essex University
  • Country experts

    Australia Anika Gauja University of Sydney
    Austria Laurenz Ennser-Jedenastik University of Vienna
    Belgium Emilie van Haute Université libre de Bruxelles
    Brazil Pedro Floriano Ribeiro Universidade Federal de São Carlos
    Canada William Cross Carleton University
    Croatia Bojana Kocijan Central European University
    Cyprus Christophoros Christophorou University of Nicosia
    Czech Republic Lukas Linek Czech Academy of Sciences
    Denmark Karina Kosiara-Pedersen University of Copenhagen
    Estonia Vello Pettai University of Tartu
    Finland Jussi Westinen Åbo Akademi University
    France Pascal Delwit Université libre de Bruxelles
    Germany Tim Spier Universität Siegen
    Hungary Zsolt Enyedi Central European University
    Iceland Indridi Indridason University of California, Riverside
    Ireland Liam Weeks University College Cork
    Israel Ofer Kenig The Israel Democracy Institute
    Italy Giulia Sandri Université catholique de Lille
    Latvia Jānis Ikstens University of Latvia
    Lithuania Mažvydas Jastramskis University of Vilnius
    Mexico Viviens Sierens Université libre de Bruxelles
    Netherlands Ruud Koole Leiden University
    Joop van Holsteyn Leiden University
    Josje den Ridder Leiden University
    Gerrit Voerman University of Groningen
    Norway Knut Heidar University of Oslo
    Anders Ravik Jupskås University of Oslo
    Poland Anna Paczesniak University of Wroclaw
    Portugal Paula Espirito Santo Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa
    Romania Sorina Soare Universita degli studi di Firenze
    Alexandra Ionascu University of Bucharest
    Slovakia Michal Zemanik University of Bratislava
    Slovenia Alenka Krasovec University of Ljubljana
    Spain Oscar Barberà Universitat de Valencia
    Juan Rodriguez Teruel Universitat de Valencia
    Sweden Niklas Bolin Mid Sweden University
    Switzerland Andreas Ladner Université de Lausanne
    United Kingdom Lynn Bennie University of Aberdeen